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Peter Handke’s “Kaspar” at Skidmore College, April 28-May 1

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Peter Handke’s Classic 1967 Play Comes to Skidmore

Kaspar at Skidmore College

Peter Handke's "Kaspar" at the Skidmore College Department of Theater. Photo Courtesy of Sue Kessler.

As part of their Spring 2016 Director’s Lab, The Skidmore College Department of Theater will perform Kaspar by Peter Handke, from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1 at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater’s Black Box. This year’s production is directed by senior theater student Aaron Ardisson.

Originally produced in 1967, and inspired by the story of Kaspar Hauser (a 19th century German youth, who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell) and written by noted Austrian playwright Peter Handke, Kaspar dissects the role of language in the human experience, specifically the role of language as torturer.

Emerging into society with only a single sentence, Kaspar is tortured by language. Through a series of sixteen phrases, speech is deconstructed, rendering language all-powerful. Ultimately, Kaspar is, as Handke writes, “made to speak through speaking.”

The story of Kaspar Hauser has inspired numerous pieces of film and music over the years, most notably Werner Herzog’s 1974 film, Every Man for Himself and God Against All.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. All performances will begin at 8pm. Seating is limited.

To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at 518-580-5439, email at, or visit

–By The Free George Staff. Photo Courtesy of Sue Kessler.

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